Around The Sun Belt: Week 10
Texas State has the number one scoring defense in the Sun Belt, giving up 23.6 points per game. The team also is first in the conference in run defense (101.4 ypg), punt return average (12.0), interceptions (10), sacks against (12) and time of possesion (33:23). Brandon Smith tops the conference in kickoff return average and Will Johnson is #1 in punting (46.2 ypp). Texas State's Johnson and Zach Robinson were named to the Ray Guy Award candidate list. Did you know? The Sun Belt is the only conference that does not have a 6-win member so far in 2013. Seven teams are still eligible for a bowl. The Mountain West has one member (Fresno St.) Conference USA has two (Rice, Tulane). If you can believe it, the Mid-American Conference has four bowl eligible teams and Bowling Green and Toledo each have five wins. Louisiana-Lafayette will likely reach six wins this week with a home game against 1-7 New Mexico State, Troy faces the ever-tough Monroe Warhawks in conference Saturday while Texas State travels to 1-7 Idaho. Idaho and New Mexico State are joining the Sun Belt Conference next year, for football only. Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews now leads the nation with 1,180 yards. His 11 touchdowns ties his mark from last season and has rushed for over 125 yards in each of his last five games. He's averaged over 5.0 yards per carry in every game in 2013. Monroe's Isaiah Newsome still leads the country in interception return yards, 175, 146 of which he got against the Bobcats. Two weeks of games have gone by since Texas State lost to Monroe 21-14 at home. Kicker Jason Dann won Sun Belt Conference Special Teams player of the Week for his performance in Texas State's 33-31 victory over South Alabama. He becomes the fourth Bobcat in the last five weeks to win a special teams award this year from the conference. Zach Robinson and Will Johnson both have won awards for punting. Brandon Smith won the award after he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against Lafayette. Fun Facts: Arkansas State holds an eight-game road winning streak against Sun Belt conference opponents - they are at South Alabama this week. Bobby Petrino, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, will return to the Georgia Dome this week when the Hilltoppers meet the winless Georgia State Panthers. Lafayette's defense is only getting better. They held the league's best offense (Arkansas St.) last week to only 168 yards of total offense. Kolton Browning returned for Monroe this past week, tossing four touchdown passes on 21-30 completions in Monroe's victory. South Alabama's heart-breaker this week to Texas State was their sixth game of the season that was decided in the final two minutes. Troy's Corey Robinson became the Sun Belt record holder last week for career touchdown passes, 77. WKU's Andrews has had 21 straight games with at least 100 all-purpose yards, a streak that leads the NCAA.
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